CMAT January 2019 Analysis

CMAT 2019 was conducted on January 28. This year’s test was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It was one of the easiest CMATs in recent years.

This is the analysis of the  morning slot that was held from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
The sections were:

  1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation - 25 questions
  2. Logical Reasoning - 25 questions
  3. Language Comprehension - 25 questions
  4. General Awareness - 25 questions

Overall, based on the feedback received from students, the test was far easier than CMAT 2018.
As is the case generally with CMAT, this time too, time was not a severely constraining factor. Some students reported that they could complete the paper in much less than 3 hours, leaving enough time to check their answers. All the 4 sections had many easy questions.
More than half of the questions in the QT & DI section and almost all the questions in the  LR section were easy.  The Language Comprehension and GA sections were also easy. Overall, CMAT Feb 2019 was much easier than last year’s CMAT.

Section specific feedback:

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

Like the previous CMATs, it had all single questions and no set-based ones. The Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section had 9 moderate questions, 2 difficult questions while the rest were easy.Students reported that the section had 13  easy questions (sitters) which required implementation of simple basic concepts.

As normally is the case, this section was dominated by Arithmetic and Geometry based questions. The rest of the questions were equally distributed in the areas of Algebra, Modern Math and . There were 2 questions in Data Interpretation but these too were single questions and not set based ones. Many students reported that they could easily solve almost the entire QA section.

Area No of Qs. Specifics
  Easy Medium Difficult Total  
Algebra 2 1 1 4 Functions, Linear Equations,  
Arithmetic 4 2   6 Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Clocks, Averages
Geometry 1 4 2 7 Mensuration, Triangles, Trigonometry
Data Interpretation  2     2 Pie-chart, Table
Modern Math 2 2   4 Probability , Permutation - Combination
Miscellaneous 2     2 Six sigma,  

Around 23-25 attempts in this section with 90% accuracy would be good.

Logical Reasoning:

The Logical Reasoning section was quite doable and easier compared to the LR section of CMAT 2018. All the questions were sitters. According to students, the section was dominated by questions on Coding-decoding, Relations, Series. The others topics covered in this section included Visual Reasoning, Analogy, Arrangement, Directions, Syllogisms, etc. All were single questions only and there were no set-based questions. The questions were not lengthy and many questions were straight forward and very easy to solve.


No. of Qs.

Coding -decoding 3
Blood Relations 3
Series completion 2
Logic based 1
Ranking 1
Counting number of squares in the given figure 1
Square Arrangement 1
Directions 1
Miscellaneous 1
Visual reasoning 2
Verbal Reasoning - Word Relationship, Statement Argument, Statement Conclusion, Assertion Reason 4
Analogy 2
Odd one out 3

Around 23-25 attempts in this section, with 90% accuracy, would be a good attempt.

Language Comprehension:

The Language comprehension Section consisted of 15 Reading Comprehension questions and 10 Non-Rc questions.  There were 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. Three of the passages were short and contained 3 questions each and 1 passage was slightly long and contained 6 questions. Teh questions were easy.  Out of the 10 non-RC questions, 7-8 were of easy-to-medium.


No. of Qs.

RC - 4 passages 15
Part with error 1
Synonyms/Antonyms 2
Idiom-based 1
Word analogy 1
PJ 1
Meaning of phrase 1
Meaning of underlined word 1
Grammatically-correct sentence 1

Around 22-24 attempts in this section, with 85-90% accuracy would be good.

General Awareness:

12 of the questions were based on Static GK. 13 questions were on Current Affairs.
Around 16 questions were based on Indian events, 5 were on international ones and the remaining 4 were miscellaneous ones.
About 10 questions were easy, 10 medium and 5 difficult.
13 to 15 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.

Overall verdict

Based on the feedback available from students who appeared in the morning slot, we estimate that an overall  attempt of around 85 - 87 attempts with around 90% accuracy ( net score 305 to 310) would fetch around 99+ percentile. Attempts of around 74-76 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score 260 to 265) should fetch around 95 percentile. Attempts of around 64-66 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score 225 to 230) should fetch around 90  percentile.


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